Widely respected executive Vick Bain is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
Bain was appointed CEO in 2012 and spent a total of 13 years at BASCA in various positions.
Following a period of serious ill-health earlier this year, from which she has now fully recovered, Bain (pictured) has decided to move on from BASCA in order to pursue new goals.
During her tenure Bain led the organisation through a major modernization program and recently oversaw an extensive structural review with the subsequent implementation of new governance procedures.
Bain was instrumental in establishing a partnership network with universities across the UK and has been an advocate for increased inclusivity and diversity issues within the music industry.
She also built and strengthened relationships with music industry umbrella organizations including UK Music and the British Copyright Council and helped launch The Council of Music Makers.
BASCA has always been a campaigning organization, and under Bain’s leadership has forged strong relationships with MPs from across the political spectrum in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music.
“It has been a great honour to serve and lead BASCA for so long and I wish the organisation, our fantastic members, and my wonderful colleagues all the very best for the future.”
In 2015 Bain helped creators win a copyright tribunal at the High Court which overturned an exception to copyright that was going to be damaging to the UK Music industry and beyond; known as BASCA vs BIS it was the first time BASCA had been involved in a judicial review.
She also revived The BASCA Trust, (which had been dormant for almost two decades) by bringing in new trustees, additional resources and a partnership with the PRS Foundation, which allowed the distribution of bursaries to dozens of songwriters and composers alongside a program of events.
In recognition of her work Vick was inducted onto the Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour in 2017 and featured in the BBC Radio 4 2018 Woman’s Hour ‘Power List.’
Bain said: “I have endured a difficult year, overcoming breast cancer and other related conditions. I have now officially received the all-clear and am feeling fighting fit but after experiencing a life-threatening condition and reviewing my priorities I feel the time is right to hand-over the reins to someone else, and focus on other ambitions, of which I have many.
“It has been a great honour to serve and lead BASCA for so long and I wish the organisation, our fantastic members, and my wonderful colleagues all the very best for the future.”Music Business Worldwide